The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for March 31, 2012

From the legacy of Karl Marx to the bristling newspaper that rules Britain, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

03.31.12 8:45 AM ET

Marx at 193
John Lanchester, The London Review of Books

Marx had stunning insight into the nature and trajectory of capitalism. But he underestimated just how adaptive it could be.

Mail Supremacy
Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

How the Daily Mail rules Britain.

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy
Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone

A Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top—but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth.

J. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

A century ago, more than 1,500 people died in the most famous shipwreck in history. Two of the world's best tennis players, Richard Williams and Karl Behr, survived the disaster—in very different ways.

Why Won’t They Listen?
William Saletan, The New York Times Book Review

There’s a reason partisan tribes can’t have a reasonable debate: our emotions, not our reason, are the primary factor in determining our political beliefs.

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